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2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition will take place 1:30 - 2:30 PM on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the Mitchell Auditorium on the First Floor of Bossone Research Enterprise Center.

See Conference Schedule for details.

Watch the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition [YouTube]

About the Competition

Drexel's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition follows the guidelines of the global phenomenon, Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, founded by the University of Queensland. The international competition, in which over 600 universities and institutions across more than 59 countries participate, emphasizes presenting research within a three-minute time limit, using only a static PowerPoint slide, and in a jargon-free language understood by an audience of non-specialists. Through this, students are able to enhance their academic presentation and research communication skills, while their work is able to reach a broader audience. All Drexel professional doctorate and PhD candidates are eligible to enter.

Check out the competition rules and some award-winning Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) presentations.

Awards for first place and people's choice will be distributed at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2019. In addition, winners are eligible to go on to regional, national and international competitions.


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Presenters

Andrew Bennett-Jackson

PhD Program, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Exploring New Frontiers in Solar Cell Materials


Kelley Commeford

PhD Program, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences

Characterizing Active Learning Environments in Physics


Ebony Gary

PhD Program, Microbiology and Immunology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine

Preventing HIV infection with DNA vaccines


Genymphas Higgs

PhD Program, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Real World: Medical Device Edition


Lisa Lanza

PhD Program, Nutrition Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions

Brain Response to Food in Post-partum Women


Travis Pollen

PhD Program, Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions

Risk Factors for Injury in Swimmers


Jasmine Peake

PhD Program, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine

Alcohol and Cancer: More Than Just a Hangover

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Judges

Beth Ann Downey
Staff Writer, University Communications

Paul Gondek, PhD
Visiting Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Adjunct Teaching Professor, Dornsife Office of Experiential Learning, LeBow College of Business

Christopher Laincz, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Economics & Director, PhD Programs, LeBow College of Business
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages

Caroline Schauer, PhD
Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Materials Science and Engineering Department, College of Engineering
Chair, Graduate College Doctoral Fellowship (Blue & Gold) Selection Committee

Kathleen Zamulinsky, MA
Assistant Vice President, Campus Engagement, Student Life, Enrollment Management and Student Success